Casati Lacquer Tray
Handcrafted in Vietnam, a centuries old, 100 day long 32-step process applies two dozen layers of lacquer resin extracted from cashew nut shells before etching, painting, and accenting with metallic leaf.
Countess by birth, heiress by adolescence, Marchesa by marriage, and mesmerizing by all accounts, Luisa Casati traded marriage for a life of art—a poetic love affair that would blossom into a bohemian whirlwind, tantalizing and scandalizing her cohort.
Brass stand pictured sold separately.
Please allow up to 2 weeks for shipping from Lisbon.
DETAILS/ each of the trays comes with a certificate of authenticity indicating their serial number. This edition has only 40 pieces.
DIMENSIONS/ 45cm x 71cm
CARE/ keep away from sunlight, heat, and metal or sharp objects. Clean with warm water and a soft cloth.
At Interior Monologue, we believe handmade is the best made. Our mission is to provide a collection of makers that you can trust – handmade excellence and ethical production. We think it’s important to understand who made the things we love. Our hope is that this collection connects you directly with our favorite makers and their one of a kind stories.
Each tray is entirely handcrafted in Vietnam through a centuries old, 100 day long, 32-step process applying two dozen layers of lacquer resin extracted from cashew nut shells before etching, painting, and accenting with metallic leaf.
MAKER STORY: CÔCO GIN
Culmination of both the old and the new worlds — isn’t that a lovely space where things come together? I love when modern design is interpreted through ancient artisanal practice and centuries-old inspiration. That’s exactly why I fell for the brand CÔCO GIN: their collection of hand-lacquered trays celebrate ancient craftsmanship inspired by extraordinary characters in history.
The decadent trays are created using an elaborate process. Each piece is handcrafted in Vietnam utilizing a centuries old 32-step process. The technique starts off by applying two dozen layers of lacquer resin extracted from cashew nut shells. Then, each tray is etched, painted, and accented with metallic leaf– a ritual that takes no less than 100 days for each tray.
Franco-Brazilian duo Lucila and Ludovic de La Bédoyère launched CÔCO GIN to celebrate ancient personalities, artists, scientists, and sophists. “Drawing heavily on both the old and new worlds, CÔCO GIN designs punctuate the home with a touch of the eccentric, the bizarre and forgotten, teaching object lessons in the fine art of possession.”
The ‘Casati’ Tray was inspired by Marchesa Luisa Casati, a famed figure of the Jazz Age. Known for eccentricity, she delighted European society for nearly three decades. The extravagant woman astonished others by wearing live snakes as jewelry and parading her leashed cheetahs. As an homage to her fondness for the big cats, the tray features a Venetian maze design with a small cheetah illustration.
While the ‘Casati’ tray honors an eccentric personality, the ‘Étoile’ Tray was inspired by the great Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe — though Brahe was quite unconventional as well. The astronomer devoted his life to understanding things far greater than ourselves, a calling he took with great pride and conviction. So much so that he lost his nose dueling at a friend’s wedding over a math problem to a fellow Danish nobleman and mathematician. From age 20 on, he would sport a precious-metal prosthetic. However he would continue to entertain royalty, scientists, and hedonists alike after finding favor from King Frederik II. Although he created quite the spectacle, his observational data is still considered some of the most rigorous and comprehensive in pre-telescopic astronomy. To commemorate the brilliant and peculiar Brahe, the ‘Étoile’ tray features a map of the stars.
“To commemorate, to collect and to gather, CÔCO GIN is on a relentless search for pleasure, and the simple thrill it is to share.” Extraordinary characters from history, centuries-old techniques, and the chicest lacquered trays I’ve ever seen — all that’s missing is my martini and a fabulous guest list.
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